Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – I the early 19th Century, a Minister leads a group of missionaries on a mission to convert the native population of Hawaii to Christianity despite their various differences in culture and morals.
My Take on it – This is another film in the long list of films that I never heard about before coming across the title during my quest to watch all films featuring an Oscar nominated performance.
They are able to tell a great story in epic fashion here despite the fact that it’s a bit overlong and drags too much along the way.
James Michener knows how to write amazing epic tales, but the transfer to the screen just isn’t smooth enough to reach the kind of atmosphere that Michener intended for this story.
The story of this film is told quite well and they find a way to keep things interesting largely due to the fact that we get to see how these two cultures constantly clash on ethical and moral issues as they try to find a way to breach the vast divide between their cultures.
The cast of this film is great and they each allow us to get a clear picture of who they are and what they truly stand for.
The standout among the cast is Jocelyne LaGarde who was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.
Bottom Line – Interesting film that unfortunately drags on a bit too much. Michener knows how to tell stories in epic fashion, but his writing helps create an atmosphere that this film isn’t able to reach. The story itself is told well and stays interesting most of the time because we get to see how these two very different cultures are able to clash and then try to find a way to work to a common vergence along the way. The cast is great and they each allow us to get a clear picture of who they are and more importantly what they stand for. LaGarde is the standout among the cast and was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jocelyne LaGarde is the only performer in Academy Award history to be nominated for her one and only screen role. LaGarde had never acted before, and never acted again in her entire life. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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